Delight over pledge to rule out waste use at site of axed Norfolk incinerator

The site at Saddlebow where an incinerator was proposed. Picture: Ian Burt.

The site at Saddlebow where an incinerator was proposed. Picture: Ian Burt. - Credit: IAN BURT

Lingering fears that an incinerator could be built on land earmarked for a burner which was abandoned look to have finally been laid to rest.

County councillor Alexandra Kemp. Picture: Ian Burt

County councillor Alexandra Kemp. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Although Norfolk County Council pulled the plug on the ill-fated energy from waste plant proposed for Saddlebow, near King's Lynn, in 2014, the site still belongs to County Hall.

And the council's waste plan still includes the possibility of the land at the Willows being used for treatments including incineration.

That is despite councillors of all political hues having made clear they do not intend to resurrect such a plan.

Independent councillor Alexandra Kemp, who represents Clenchwarton and King's Lynn South, had long expressed her annoyance that such a potential use had not been removed from the council's waste plan.

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And, at a meeting of Norfolk County Council this week, where a new business and property committee was created to look at the council's assets, Miss Kemp said one of its first acts should be to take the Willows site out of the waste plan once and for all.

And Cliff Jordan, Conservative leader of the council, agreed.

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He said: 'I think things have moved on from the incinerator days.

'Without question, I don't think that's a suitable place for waste.

'It should be used for the benefit of the people of King's Lynn.

'I would like it to go to employment land, rather than waste land, so that will happen.'

Miss Kemp said she was delighted at Mr Jordan's pledge and thanked him for it.

Last week it emerged that land to the east of the site of the failed Norfolk incinerator had been sold to a mystery buyer.

The three-acre site had been on the market for some years, with a suggested price of £295,000. It has not been made public who has bought the site or what they plan to use it for.

Agents Brown & Co said on its website that it was 'an open development site suitable for commercial use'.

It added the site was included within an area zoned for industrial uses within the adopted local plan for West Norfolk and is suitable for uses falling within light industrial, general industrial, storage and distribution.

It added: 'Any development will require a reserved matters planning application.'

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